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|But her first premise is false, isn't it?
Written by Joan Ellen
(4/7/2008 8:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not a circular argument, penned by Tracy W
Which is why Emma must bolster her case by saying that Harriet associates with gentlemen's daughters, i.e, with Emma herself (unless she refers here to other pupils at Mrs. Goddard's, but the only other ones we've heard of so far are the Miss Martins, who are not a gentleman's daughters). And the only reason Harriet is fit to associate Emma, is because she is a gentleman's daughter.
I don't think I can explain myself any more clearly than this, but to my mind it is still a circular argument.
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